Tow levy suspended to allow for consultation – Government

Police towing truck

Government has held back from implementing the mandatory vehicle towing levy.

Government had proposed a fee of between GHS40 and GHS100 on the registration of vehicles or renewal of road worthiness certificates at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to fund the policy.

A private company had been engaged to, from 1 July, promptly tow any vehicle that broke down on the road, but this move has been suspended upon stiff opposition from stakeholders.

Speaking to Class Business, the Deputy Minister of Transport, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, said the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) had been charged to ensure proper sensitization of all stakeholders before full implementation of the policy.

“I think the most important thing to have been done was to engage stakeholders in educating the public about what the project is all about. So when these eyebrows started as a Minister, I immediately stepped in… The Road Safety Commission should do whatever is necessary to ensure that everybody becomes a part of this project going forward. Everybody needs to be aware of how it is going to be done, who and who does what, and so I’m sure we will all have that patience to allow the Road Safety Commission engage all stakeholders so that all these issues will come up and there will be a resolution to the matter,” he stated.